The City of Green Bay is divided into four policing Districts: Adam, Bravo, Charles, and David. The districts were designed based upon a number of factors including major geographical boundaries, and call volume.
Each District has an assigned Captain responsible for all police initiatives in their area. There are also 14 Community Policing Officers assigned to the District Captains. Community Police are expected to solve chronic crime and quality of life issues in their assigned areas.
Examples of such initiatives include chronic nuisance abatement and other crime specific programs like the Retail Theft Reduction Initiative.
Retail Theft Reduction Initiative
The Green Bay Police Department undertook a Retail Theft Reduction Initiative in 2016. At the beginning of the year the Department experienced a rise in the number of retail thefts. Retail thefts make up a large number of police calls.
The Police Department worked closely with retail stores to improve store environmental design and procedures. The Department also held two summits for retail store management and loss prevention employees to exchange best practices, ideas, and information with the Police Department. In addition to building partnerships with stores, the Department change procedures for retail thefts.
Before the initiative, only offenders who had been cited for retail theft four or more times were brought to the Brown County Jail and charges referred to the District Attorney’s Office. Suspects cited for third or fewer offense were cited and released at the store.
The new procedure involves arresting every offender and bringing them to the Police Department to be fingerprinted, photographed, cited, then released at the Department. Offenders arrested for their third or higher offense are brought to the Brown County Jail, fingerprinted, booked, and charges referred to the District Attorney’s Office.
The Department continues to look for opportunities to reduce retail theft in the City of Green Bay through relationships with retail stores and employees, and strategies within the department.
Exactly what is district policing? District Policing is an organizational structure and method of assigning police resources in a more efficient way. Decisions regarding police resources are data driven with an increased emphasis on crime analysis. The district model is built on the success of community policing teams throughout the city. It is intended to involve all members of the department instead of a few specialized units. Under the district policing model, patrol officers will be assigned the same part of the city on a more consistent basis. This will provide officers an increased familiarity with the areas they patrol. One of the advantages of community policing is the familiarity that the public has with their community officer, mainly because the community officer is assigned to the same area every day. District policing means that patrol officers will also be assigned, for the most part, to the same area every day, creasing their familiarity with the community as well.
How will district policing affect me and my family? The Green Bay Police Department has developed this strategy to provide better, more efficient service. It is our hope that by reorganizing and allocating our resources in a more efficient way, we can provide better, more personal service to the community.
Who’s in charge of the districts? Each district will be assigned a captain. The district captain will monitor activity in their district and allocate resources accordingly. The district captain will make use of crime analysis combined with community concerns to make decisions on how best to serve the public. See additional navigation links on the side for your district.
How was the district boundaries determined? Data analysis has been used to determine the district boundaries. Factors such as police call volume, natural boundaries (like the Fox River), population density and nuisance activity were all considered in drawing the district boundaries.
How will the community policing officers be affected? Community policing officers will remain assigned to neighborhoods and will continue to work on long term neighborhood problems. One thing that that will change is the community officer’s chain of command. Under the traditional system, one Lieutenant and one Captain managed a team of 12 community officers and 6 neighborhood response team officers. Under the district policing model, community officers will report directly to the captain of the district they are assigned.
How can I find out what district I live in? Please see the attached map. If you have internet access, you can go to www.gbpolice.org and click on the district map.
What’s the best way for me to contact the police?
If I am reporting an incident from a location other than where it occurred, who should I call? Call the police as described above. Nothing changes here for the citizen requesting service. Our staff will notify the appropriate response units.
If one district has a large festival or event, will this draw police resources from my neighborhood? Each district will be staffed daily to meet the needs of the community. Special events are generally staffed with additional personnel, assigned specifically to that event. While special events do tax our resources, no one neighborhood will be adversely affected or have it staffing reduced.